AMA rolls out improved mapping tool to pinpoint underserved patient populations

The American Medical Associated Monday launched its enhanced geospatial mapping tool — the Health Workforce Mapper.

The mapper initially launched as a free online tool illustrating the geographic distribution of the healthcare workforce. Now, the AMA has added a new "Population Health Explorer" feature, which maps healthcare access, quality, health behaviors such as smoking and alcohol use, demographics and social environment factors.

"Improving patient access to quality care is a core mission of the AMA, and this mapping tool will show physicians and healthcare professionals precisely where their skills can most benefit populations in need," AMA President Andrew Gurman, MD, said in a statement. "Knowing where healthcare services are needed most can help providers make the best decisions on where to locate or expand their practices to reach patients in greatest need of access to care."

The tool was developed in collaboration with the American Academy of Family Physicians Robert Graham Center and HealthLandscape. It uses AMA and CMS data.

 

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